Disagreement Over Constitutional Amendment
Cody, WY – A state lawmaker and doctors in Cody disagree over whether voters should decide on a constitutional amendment allowing legislators to debate medical malpractice reforms. Governor Dave Freudenthal introduced the proposed amendment last month. In a debate in Cody, State Representative Colin Simpson says he heeds a more compelling reason to amend the constitution. He also doesn't agree liability caps are the answer. However, West Park Hospital doctors argue Wyoming must address the medical malpractice crisis any way it can. They say high malpractice insurance premiums are driving doctors from Wyoming and forcing others to drop high-risk services.